It has been 18 years since the horrific September 11 attacks that took the lives of thousands of people and shocked and yet mobilized our nation. In New York, Virginia, and rural Pennsylvania, first responders shouldered the terrible burden of being first on the scene, attempting to preserve and respect life. Many of them carried away injuries of the body or soul… or were not able to walk away at all.
For many years after, young men and women joined our military because of this crisis, and engaged in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan or Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. Many of those service members also carried away injuries of the body or soul… or were not able to walk away at all.
But where September 11 inspired our youth to join in the fight, those who came back scarred have inspired the rest of America through their own private wars, fighting to resume civilian life. It has not been easy.
Many of them carried away injuries of the body or soul… or were not able to walk away at all.
Eighteen years is a generation; those joining the military now have little visceral connection to September 11 or OEF or OIF. But for those surviving service men and women who joined because of September 11, who sacrificed on the battlefield over the last 18 years for our freedoms, and especially those who carry the most invisible of the wounds of war – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury – Resurrecting Lives Foundation is eternally grateful. As a nation, we need to be united behind those who sacrificed, as they were united for us.